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Olympic organizers say the games are the least of their worries
SOCHI -- The US Homeland Security Department is warning airlines flying to Russia that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on board hidden in toothpaste tubes.
The revelations are the latest in a string of warnings for Olympic athletes and fans descending on the games in Sochi, Russia.
The Russians have been on edge due to a series of threats emanating from Islamic militants.
The focus should now be on competition, but in Sochi security is still the issue.
Athletes from the US have arrived safely long with their competition from around the world.
The concern is: keeping the remaining arrivals safe too.
Airlines sending international flights into Russia have been told by US security officials militants may try to smuggle explosives on board, inside toothpaste containers.
"I believe it's very specific and credible information"
A security 'Ring of Steel' has been built around these Olympics venues. And for good reason.
In December suicide bombers killed 34 people, north east of Sochi in Volgograd.
Militants have been fighting a long running insurgency in the Caucuses region and are threatening more attacks during the games.
"There are a number of specific threats with varying degrees of credibility that we're tracking."
There are already restrictions on carrying liquids and creams on flights.
There's a long history now of airline bomb plots, with ever-changing tactics
For the organizers of these games, sport is the least of their worries.